Archive for August, 2012

FDA recommends more consistent testing of metal-on-metal hip implants

The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that an expert panel consider more consistent testing of metal-on-metal hip implants. Staff from the FDA said the expert panel tasked with reviewing the faulty hip replacements should seriously consider imaging and ion testing as a way to prevent future device failures.

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Author’s new book warns of over-use of Zoloft

Author Karen Sharpe has written a new book on what she calls the pervasiveness of antidepressants such as Zoloft in American culture. Sharpe’s book, Coming Of Age On Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, And Changed Who We Are, includes research on the drug’s effects, as well as personal accounts from her nine-year use of the drug.

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Bard, doctor ordered to pay $5.5 M in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

A jury awarded a California woman $5.5 million in her transvaginal mesh lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer and the doctor who installed it. C.R. Bard was found 60% liable for the woman’s injuries after the device failed, while the doctor who performed the surgery was found 40% at fault.

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Already susceptible to bladder cancer, Actos increases risk in diabetes patients

A Canadian study has found that people who suffer from diabetes have a 40 percent higher risk of developing  bladder cancer. Research has solidified that Actos, a popular prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, further increases this risk.

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Bayer’s Yasmin settlements top $400 M

German drugmaker Bayer AG stated it has paid $402.6 million to settle Yasmin lawsuits alleging that the birth control pills caused blood clots. The company claims to have resolved nearly 1,900 birth control lawsuits for an average of $212,000 per case.

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Actos may increase risk of macular edema

Type II diabetes drug Actos may substantially increase the risk of macular edema, according to new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The risk of developing the eye condition was 230% greater up to 10 years after use among patients taking the diabetes medication.

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New study finds that Propecia’s sexual side effects may be long-lasting

A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests the sexual side effects of Propecia may last from months to years for some men, even after they stop taking the drug. Researchers from George Washington University interviewed 54 men under age 40 who reported side effects for three months or more after taking Propecia.

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